Fucoidan Facts: The “Gift of the Sea”

FUCOIDAN FACTS

I’d like to share with you the collective facts, research and testimonials about a nutrient called Fucoidan.

Fucoidan is a complex polysaccharide that is found in the living cells of seaweed’s plant walls. This nutrient is so fascinating to researchers and well-being seekers because it is only found in seaweed and doesn’t occur naturally in any land based plants. Polysaccharides are important to you and me because they play a critical role in our body’s overall energy cycle, which leads to happier moods, blood sugar balance, less fatigue and strength of immune system.


For the past several years we’ve noticed a shift in healthcare and not just because of Obama. What ever reason for the shift, the end goal of this change is still the same, healthcare is moving toward natural healing and prevention. This is definitely not good for drug companies and probably will be held back by them, but you can see this when your doctor doesn’t prescribe medicine for you until you REALLY need it, allowing your body to fight the virus or bacteria off naturally. Perhaps the most promising research on Fucoidan is the nutrients ties to the prevention/inhibition of degenerative diseases and cancers. You can view the study HERE, but I’ll warn you, it’s kinda full of medical-babble.

Fucoidan Supplements vs. Multi-Vitamins

When assessing the sourcing of Fucoidan supplements, it is important to note that your body fights against most shelf supplements because pills and powders produced in a lab are foreign to the body and not natural, so absorption can be hindered greatly.  The greatest benefits from Fucoidan come when you’re getting the nutrient in its natural form through consumption of seaweed.  In a study by Harvard University, researchers discovered that the benefits of synthetic multi-vitamins rendered no additional benefits over (and get this) real food. – Harvard University 2013

There are many Fucoidan supplements on the markets today and they range greatly in price, so which one do you take?  It boils down to what beliefs are important to you.  In the comparison between dry encapsulated vs. liquid, you’re comparing dried seaweed that is turned into powder vs. whole seaweed that is “melted”.  (Referring to hot water extraction)  I’ve seen success stories from both sides of this debate.  I can say that liquid tends to be priced higher on average.

10,000 Years of Fucoidan

Let’s talk about the cultures of the world that have been consuming fucoidan in seaweed for centuries. For 1000’s of years, our friends in the South Pacific islands have embraced the health benefits of the marine bioactive found in a seaweed called limu moui. Other cultures include Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Nordic and other coastal communities.

The Kingdom of Tonga is the richest source of Fucoidan you’ll find on this planet, according to their government’s information. The seaweed, Limu, has long been a dietary and medicinal staple, widely celebrated as a source of longevity and good health. Another culture that has a long history of fucoidan consumption is the Japanese, which are known for their average life expectancy of 83 compared to the USA’s 78 and an across the board lower rate of common health issues prevalent in the USA.

Natural Healing
Recent scientific exploration and popularity elevates Fucoidan as a continually highlighted and emerging super-nutrient with research associated with each of the following symptom relief and facts:
  • Anti-Viral properties
  • Anit-Bacterial
  • High Cholesterol
  • Headaches
  • Anti-Inflamatory
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Depression
  • Skin Disorders (Psoriasis)
  • Testimonials of cancer fighting properties
  • Immune boosting powers

Some more interesting research supports the mobilization of stem cells that replace dead cells on the human’s biggest organ, the skin. This mobilization of refreshing surface cells, which in turn, enables tissue and organ regeneration and making for a helpful boost towards anti-aging.  

Divers harvesting seaweed
Seaweed Divers

Why So Much Research?

There is over 1400 independent studies on the effects of Fucoidan ranging from increasing energy to the treatment of cancer. Most research is conducted on non-human participants as scientist try to uncover its potential and facts.  The research is astonishing because in almost every study conducted, Fucoidan was found to provide positive results.

Take this with a grain of salt for right now.

However, for the mean time, consuming seaweed is widely accepted as a very safe and effective plant to use when looking for a natural way to heal your body AND as a healthy alternative to the processed foods that are marketed to us each day.  Seaweed is a vegetable…not a synthetic proprietary ultra blend remedy x1000. (LOL)  Seaweed is real food that’s been consumed by humans since the earliest recordings and contains Fucoidan that occurs naturally.  There is very little downside to that.

Please check out what the scientist who have spent years researching Fucoidan are saying to see if it’s worth trying for yourself. (PubMed.Gov) I was very pleased with the changes to my mood and energy levels after introducing Fucoidan into my body.
I hope this was informative and helpful on your journey.
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